Azar 7 1400 - November 28 2021
Police fire tear gas to disperse protesters in Iranian city

Police used tear gas to disperse hundreds of people in a central Iranian city who were protesting to demand government action over a drought, media reported. Some videos on social media appeared to show police and protesters clashing in the dry bed of the Zayandehrud River. The video corresponded to known features of the area, though original posters of the material could not be immediately reached by The Associated Press. Other videos showed similar unrest in nearby streets of Isfahan. -AP 11/26/21

America's abyss of weapons and warmaking

There can't be the slightest doubt: America worships its Pentagod and the weapons and wars that feed it. Who is America's god? The Christian god of the beatitudes, the one who healed the sick, helped the poor, and preached love of neighbor? Not in these (dis)United States. In the Pledge of Allegiance, we speak proudly of One Nation under God, but in the aggregate, this country doesn't serve or worship Jesus Christ, or Allah, or any other god of justice and mercy. In truth, the deity America believes in is the five-sided one headquartered in Arlington, Virginia. -William J. Astore, Responsible Statecraft 11/26/21

Beiranvand wins Guinness record for world's longest throw

Iran international goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand entered the Guinness Book of World Records on Thursday for "the world's longest throw". The 29-year-old goalie set the record during a FIFA World Cup qualifying match against South Korea at the Azadi stadium on Oct. 11, 2016. 11/26/21

'No progress' ahead of Iran nuclear talks, says United Nations agency

The UN nuclear watchdog said Wednesday there had been "no progress" in talks with Tehran on disputes over the monitoring of Iran's atomic programme, just days before talks restart on reviving the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. -AFP 11/26/21

Photos: Opening of Tochal Ski Resort in Tehran, Iran

These photographs show the Tochal Ski Resort in Tehran, which has been reopened and is ready for winter sports enthusiasts. -Mohammad Reza Bolandi, ISNA 11/26/21

Two Years After Iran's Deadly Crackdown On Protests, Victims' Families Still Fighting For Justice

For the past two years, Mahboobeh Ramezani has been grieving the loss of her son while calling for justice over his death at the hands of Iran's security forces. Pejman Gholipur was shot and killed during a November 17, 2019, protest in Tehran triggered by a sudden rise in the price of gasoline. He was 18. Ramezani has kept her son's bloody clothes as evidence that he was murdered. -RFE/RL 11/26/21

Iran loses 300,000 university graduates to better prospects abroad

Ehsan Ghazizadeh, member of the Iranian parliament, reported on Tuesday a massive exodus of university-educated people from Iran. Over the past three years, some 4,000 doctors and about 300,000 academics with masters or PhD degrees have left Iran. Hossein-Ali Shahriyari, chairman of the parliamentary health commission, recently wrote a letter to Ali Khamenei, head of the Islamic Republic, expressing his concern about the increasing exodus of doctors. -Qantara 11/26/21

Report: Israel Warns US Not to Settle for 'Partial' Nuclear Deal With Iran

The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday that Israel is warning the US not to strike a "partial" nuclear deal with Iran. Israeli officials said they feared the US was setting up for a "less-for-less" agreement that would require Iran to reverse some of its nuclear activity in exchange for some sanctions relief. -Antiwar.com 11/26/21

Frustrated with CIA, Trump administration turned to Pentagon for shadow war with Iran

In the final month of his presidency, Donald Trump signed off on key parts of an extensive secret Pentagon campaign to conduct sabotage, propaganda and other psychological and information operations in Iran, according to former senior officials who served in his administration. The campaign, which was to be led by the military's Special Operations forces, was designed to undermine the Iranian people's faith in their government as well as shake the regime's sense of competence and stability, according to those former officials. -Zach Dorfman, Yahoo 11/24/21

Body Double: The mysterious Safarani Sisters draw back the curtains at the Morris Museum

This exhibition features the work of identical twin Iranian artists Bahareh and Farzaneh Safarani in their first solo museum exhibition, opening on November 12, 2021. As interdisciplinary artists and collaborators, their creative practice exists at the intersection of visual art, new media art, and performance. -Morristown Green 11/24/21

Iran-Azerbaijan: A new cold war?

The short-term crisis between the two neighbors has dissipated. But in the longer term, relations have gotten a lot more complicated. As tensions subsided following weeks of saber-rattling and hostile rhetoric, the foreign ministers of Iran and Azerbaijan had a November 5 phone call in which they blamed "ill-wishers" for trying to exploit "recent misunderstandings between the two neighbors," as the Iranian readout put it. -Eldar Mamedov, Responsible Statecraft 11/24/21

Iran appeals ban from judo for avoiding Israeli opponents

The Iran judo federation's appeal against a four-year ban from international events for refusing to let its athletes face opponents from Israel was heard on Tuesday. The Court of Arbitration for Sport said the Iranian appeal against an International Judo Federation ruling was held by video link. A verdict is expected to take at least several weeks. -AP 11/24/21

Iran visitors must be vaccinated or COVID-free, official says

Inbound passengers must provide proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test to enter the Islamic Republic of Iran, the head of the safety and quality assurance department of Imam Khomeini International Airport City has announced. In line with the latest instructions of the Ministry of Health, all non-Iranian travelers older than 12 years of age entering the country must show a negative coronavirus PCR test result, issued at most 96 hours before arrival, along with a complete vaccination certificate. -Tehran Times 11/24/21

Israel signals readiness to escalate Iran confrontation

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has signalled a readiness to step up Israel's confrontation with Iran, reiterating on Tuesday, his country would not be bound by any new Iranian nuclear deal with world powers. Indirect negotiations will begin on November 29 on reviving the 2015 accord, which former United States President Donald Trump withdrew from, deeming it insufficient to shut down projects with bomb-making potential - a view shared by the Israelis. -Al Jazeera 11/24/21

How Iran sees the Biden doctrine for the JCPOA and Persian Gulf

Iranian experts in Tehran see the Joe Biden administration's approach toward Iran and the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in the context of his government's overall foreign policy and its desire to extricate itself from military conflicts in the Persian Gulf. -Javad Heiran-Nia, Atlantic Council 11/24/21

Argo Factory: Contemporary Art Museum & Cultural Centre by Ahmadreza Schricker Architecture - North Tehran

Enriched with historic houses and old buildings turned into vibrant coffee shops and new galleries, revitalized parts of Tehran are responding to an emerging generation of artists and art seekers looking for spaces to gather, socialize, and create. Argo Factory: Contemporary Art Museum & Cultural Centre is one such venue, a nearly 100-year-old abandoned factory that has found a new life after art patron Hamidreza Pejman bought and transformed the building into a museum and gallery space for contemporary art. -Architectural Record 11/23/21

'NYT' often cites thinktank on Iran without saying it was founded to promote Israel's image

The New York Times and other media frequently quote experts from the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, and identify FDD as a hawkish thinktank. But they fail to say what the FDD told the IRS: it was founded to promote Israel's image in the United States, the investigative journalist Eli Clifton says. He characterized the omission as bordering on "journalistic malpractice." -Philip Weiss, Mondoweiss 11/23/21

Iran, IAEA agree to continue dialogue ahead of Vienna talks

Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) have agreed to maintain communication and dialogue after the nuclear watchdog's director-general visited Tehran days before talks to restore Iran's 2015 nuclear deal resume in Vienna. Rafael Grossi landed in the Iranian capital late on Monday and met the country's nuclear chief, Mohammad Eslami, early on Tuesday. The two then said during a joint news conference they agreed to continue talks. -Al Jazeera 11/23/21

Water protests spread in Iran

Just days after thousands of Iranians took to the streets in Isfahan to protest water policies and the government's inability to address the water shortages, Iranians in an adjacent province took the streets over the same cause. For back-to-back days, hundreds of residents of Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari province gathered in the provincial capital Khahrekord to protest water scarcity. -Al Monitor 11/23/21

Review: 'Titan of Tehran' uniquely blends history, memories

When most of us get curious about our family history, we pay a visit to Ancestry.com. Shahrzad Elghanayan is not most of us. She is the granddaughter of Habib Elghanian, arguably one of the most famous Iranian industrialists of all time, whose rise and fall mirrored that of his homeland. She's also an award-winning photo journalist, trained to recognize a good story when she sees one. -AP 11/23/21

Report: US Warns Israel Covert Attacks on Iran are 'Counterproductive'

According to a report from The New York Times, the US has warned Israel against launching cover attacks against Iran's civilian nuclear program, calling them "counterproductive." But Israeli officials said they have no intention of "letting up." The report said over the past 20 months, four explosions at Iranian facilities have been attributed to Israel. -Antiwar.com 11/23/21

Kish Island ready to host Qatar World Cup spectators

The Iranian island of Kish in the Persian Gulf is ready to host Qatar World Cup spectators as well as participating teams, the head of the Association of Kish Hoteliers, has announced. The proximity of Kish to Qatar and the lower cost of staying on this island make it possible for spectators and teams to stay here during the World Cup, which will be held from November 21 to December 18, 2022, ISNA quoted Masihollah Safa as saying on Monday. -Tehran Times 11/23/21

Iran publishes photos of closed hearing into plane shootdown

Iranian state media on Monday published photographs of the trial investigating the shootdown of a Ukrainian passenger jet in 2020 by the country's paramilitary Revolutionary Guard, trying to tamp down criticism of the largely closed-door proceeding. -AP 11/23/21

US must 'accept reality' and lift sanctions: Iran negotiator

The United States must "accept reality" and agree to lift its sanctions on Iran during next week's nuclear talks in Vienna, according to Tehran's top negotiator. Representatives of Iran and the other signatories of its 2015 nuclear deal will be in Austria starting November 29 to try to restore the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which the US abandoned in 2018. -Al Jazeera 11/22/21

I was forced to marry an older man at 12-years-old. By 14, I was a mother. This is my story.

'The Heartbeat of Iran' is a new book by award-winning journalist Tara Kangarlou. It features a collection of 24 stories of everyday Iranians living inside their homeland - from the story of a transgender woman in Tehran, to the country's first female race car driver, or a blind environmental activist in the country's poorest state of Sistan and Baluchestan. Here, Tara shares the story of Mina Khanoom, who was forced into child marriage within the rural and conservative communities of Iran - a practice that exists to this day. -Glamour 11/22/21

'One of the high peaks in human experience' - royal treasures from ancient Persia

To the Shah of Iran, these gold reliefs of mythical beasts represented the pinnacle of Persian culture. To the scholar Arthur Upham Pope, they ranked among the greatest artworks in history. Specialist Chanel Clarke sheds light on their 2,500-year history -Christie 11/22/21

Iran says 44 million fully vaccinated, half its population

Iran announced Saturday it has now fully vaccinated 44 million people, more than half of its population of 85 million. The country has been hit the worst by the pandemic in the Middle East. The health ministry said the 44 million received two doses of the vaccine. Iran has recorded at least 128,000 deaths since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. -AP 11/22/21

'Hero girl': Tehran puts up huge posters hailing Iranian women's goalkeeper

Iran has put up huge posters across the capital Tehran hailing the goalkeeper of the Iranian women's football team as a 'heroic girl' after the Jordanian FA accused her of being a man. Zohreh Koudaei, 32, saved two penalties in a 4-2 shoot-out victory over Jordan in Uzbekistan on September 25, meaning the Iranian women's team qualified for its first ever Women's Asia Cup. 11/22/21

Iran's Farhadi threatens not to represent Iran at Oscars

Iranian double Oscar winning film director Asghar Farhadi has launched a scathing attack on Tehran authorities and threatened not to represent Iran at the next edition of the prestigious awards ceremony. ADVERTISING "How can I be associated... with a government whose extremist media have not stopped these past years from destroying me, marginalising me, stigmatising me?" he asked on his Instagram page. -AFP 11/22/21

Iran is 'leapfrogging our defenses' in a cyber war 'my gut is we lose': Hacking expert Kevin Mandia

To Kevin Mandia, the CEO of cybersecurity firm Mandiant, Iran's success in the hacking realm is no surprise, as the nation has been upping its cyber-offensive capabilities for years to take advantage of U.S. weaknesses. Iran has progressed well beyond the first few stages of cyber evolution - defending its government in cyberspace and targeting its closest geographic foes, the immediate threats, which in Iran's case would include the back and forth between itself and Israel in the cyber realm. -CNBC 11/22/21

Persian Gulf States Come Full Circle On Iran Nuclear Deal By Backing It Once More

America's partners in the Gulf region have once again switched their stance on the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, by calling on Iran to fully comply with it once more. The deal was signed in July 2015 by Barack Obama, his counterpart in Iran and other world powers. Donald Trump unilaterally pulled the U.S. out of the deal in May 2018, to cheers from his Gulf supporters, but President Biden is now trying to revive the deal. -Forbes 11/22/21

In latest breach, Iran's Mahan Air hit with cyberattack

A cyberattack on Sunday disrupted access to Iran's privately owned Mahan Air, state TV reported, marking the latest in a series of cyberattacks on Iranian infrastructure that has put the country on edge. Mahan Air's website displayed an error message saying the site couldn't be reached. The carrier said in a statement that it had "thwarted" the attack and that its flight schedule was not affected, adding it has faced similar breaches in the past. -AP 11/22/21

Iran's IRGC seizes foreign tanker for smuggling diesel

Commandos with the naval force of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) have seized a foreign tanker in the Persian Gulf for smuggling diesel. Colonel Ahmad Hajian, the commander of the Naval Type 412 Zulfiqar in the southern Parsian county in the Hormozgan province, was quoted by the state broadcaster's website on Saturday as saying that the ship was found to be illegally carrying 150,000 litres (32,995 gallons) of diesel. -Al Jazeera 11/22/21

5 Women at the Forefront of Next-Gen Innovation

Iranian-American landscape designer Nahal Sohbati is building something beautiful using technology. After earning her interior design degree in Dubai, she left the Middle East, a place famous for its spectacular natural landscapes and impressive architecture, to experience what the U.S.-specifically Santa Barbara, California-had to offer a young landscape designer. -Architectural Digest 11/19/21

'It's My Decision': Iran's New Population Law Blasted For Restricting Access To Contraceptives, Abortions

Gouya, a 43-year-old woman in Iran, decided that she will not have children. But her right to choose is now being threatened by the state. Authorities have approved new legislation that imposes further restrictions on abortions, bans the free distribution of contraceptives by the public health-care system, and provides added state benefits to families with more children. -Golnaz Esfandiari & Elahe Ravanshad, RFE 11/19/21

Iranian farmers protest, demand water be released from dam

Thousands of farmers in central Iran joined a protest on Friday demanding authorities open a dam to relieve drought-stricken areas, state TV reported. Several prominent actors and athletes have taken part in the peaceful demonstrations in the city of Isfahan, urging the government to intervene to aid famers increasingly suffering from droughts that have worsened over the years. The demonstrations began earlier this month. -AP 11/19/21

Fort remnants associated with Median empire discovered in northeast Iran

A team of Iranian and German archaeologists has recently unearthed vestiges of a prehistorical military fortress in northeast Iran. Discovered in Tepe Rivi, an ancient hill in North Khorasan province, the fortress is estimated to date from some 2700 years ago when the mighty Median empire ruled parts of the greater Iran. -Tehran Times 11/19/21

Zahedi, playboy Iran ambassador to US under shah, dies at 93

Ardeshir Zahedi, Iran's flamboyant ambassador to the United States during the rule of the shah who charmed both Hollywood stars and politicians with his lavish parties until the 1979 Islamic Revolution, died on Thursday, Iranian state media reported. He was 93. Whether seen with Henry Kissinger or entertaining Barbra Streisand, Zahedi cut such a memorable presence across Washington's social scene that one newspaper report referred to him as both the "playboy of the Western world" and the capital's "most-sought-after bachelor." -AP 11/19/21

2 suspected Iranian hackers are charged with trying to intimidate U.S. voters

The Justice Department has charged two suspected Iranian hackers for allegedly trying to intimidate American voters ahead of the 2020 U.S. election, including by sending threatening emails and spreading false information. An indictment unsealed Thursday in New York charges Seyyed Kazemi and Sajjad Kashian with several counts including hacking conspiracy, voter intimidation and transmitting interstate threats. -NPR 11/19/21

"White Torture": Why We Must Oppose Solitary Confinement

Narges Mohammadi, vice president of the Defenders of Human Rights Center in Iran, has been held in solitary confinement on and off from 1998 and 2020 for her human rights advocacy. On Tuesday night, Mohammadi was arrested by Iranian security forces during a ceremony honoring a victim of Iran's deadly response to November 2019 protests. She was taken to the notorious Evin prison. -Ms. Magazine 11/18/21

Americans Must Demand 'Maximum Peace' With Iran

In Vienna, at the end of November, the indirect talks to revive the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action will resume. Of the original P5+1, five states remain within the nuclear deal: Iran, Russia, China, France, the United Kingdom, and Germany. Of course, the missing country is US. The JCPOA was inked during the Barack Obama administration. It is seen as a bright spot-a true accomplishment-on a foreign affairs record that was otherwise bloody, imperialist, often treasonous, and even genocidal. -Connor Freeman, Libertarian Institute 11/18/21

Freed after 8 years in prison, Iranian journalist must now spend 2 years in internal exile

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the Iranian judicial system's unrelenting persecution of Soheil Arabi, an award-winning journalist who was released from prison yesterday after being detained for nearly eight years but who must now serve two years of internal exile in a remote southern city. -RSF 11/18/21

Scoop: U.S. floats interim Iran nuclear deal

National security adviser Jake Sullivan raised with his Israeli counterpart the idea of an interim agreement with Iran to buy more time for nuclear negotiations, three Israeli and U.S. sources tell me. Why it matters: The idea is only preliminary, and the Biden administration continues to insist that the full 2015 nuclear deal be restored. But with nuclear talks set to resume in Vienna on Nov. 29, it provides a window into at least some of the thinking inside the administration. -Axios 11/18/21

Iran calls on countries not to issue hasty statements on IAEA claims

Speaking to reporters on Wednesday afternoon, acting representative of Iran in international organizations in Vienna Mohammad Reza Ghaebi said that the IAEA's new quarterly report on the implementation of the 2015 nuclear deal states that the UN nuclear watchdog has been continuing its verification and oversight activities regarding Iran's related commitments, urging the countries not to make hasty remarks about the report. -Tehran Times 11/18/21

High-Level UAE Delegation to Visit Iran Soon -Officials

A top delegation from the United Arab Emirates will visit Tehran soon as the Gulf state works to de-escalate tensions with Iran, senior Iranian and Gulf officials told Reuters on Wednesday. A Gulf official said a high-level delegation is expected to visit Teheran soon but they declined to confirm whether UAE's top national security adviser Sheikh Tahnoon bin Zayed Al Nahyan would lead the visit. -Reuters 11/18/21

To sink nuclear talks with the U.S., Iran's hard-liners use a novel weapon: A hit TV show

It doesn't star Claire Danes, it's not about Al Qaeda and it won't win any Emmys. But "Gando," a hit "Homeland"-like show that swept Iran by storm, is having an impact far beyond the small screen, morphing into a real-life political force that could upset sensitive nuclear negotiations between Tehran and the West. That's exactly what its producers want. -Los Angles Times 11/18/21

US warns that Iranian government-sponsored hackers are targeting key US infrastructure

Iranian government-sponsored hackers are actively targeting a "broad range of victims" across multiple US sectors, including transportation and health care, and in some cases have deployed ransomware against those victims, US federal agencies and their counterparts from the United Kingdom and Australia warned on Wednesday. -CNN 11/18/21

Iran deal hanging by a thread as talks set to resume

Did Washington overplay its hand by not brokering with the more moderate government in Tehran when it had the chance? Negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 for reviving the agreement for limiting Iran's nuclear program are expected to resume on November 29. Last year during his presidential campaign President Biden said multiple times that his administration will quickly rejoin the JCPOA, but over a year after his election, that has yet to materialize. -Muhammad Sahimi, Responsible Statecraft 11/17/21

Iranian musical rebel risks prison (again) over new album

A haunting cello melody cuts through a somber bass background like a sharp saw biting into ancient, hardened wood. "Whip on a Lifeless Body," the dark opening track of "Coup of Gods," the latest album by Iranian composer and producer Mehdi Rajabian, plumbs the deepest meaning of music -- and may turn out to be the renegade Middle Eastern artist's last cry of protest. -Nikkei Asia 11/17/21

UN experts call on Iran to repeal 'anti-abortion' population law

Leading United Nations experts have called on Iran to repeal a newly implemented law that they say violates women's human rights under international law. The Youthful Population and Protection of the Family law came into effect on Monday in an effort to encourage higher childbirth rates as Iran faces a looming crisis due to its ageing population. Supreme Leader Ali Hosseini Khamenei has long supported the idea of increasing Iran's current population of about 85 million by tens of millions over the coming decades. -Al Jazeera 11/17/21

Food writer Mayukh Sen: 'Immigrants have labored to shape the way America cooks and eats'

Over the last five years, Mayukh Sen has been writing about figures on the margins of the American food world. His profiles act as counternarratives to a food canon long unconcerned with the accomplishment of non-white chefs. His new book, Taste Makers: Seven Immigrant Women Who Revolutionized Food in America continues this theme by resurfacing the stories of outsider food figures, some of whom were disappeared by a ruthless restaurant economy and an indifferent media. -Guardian 11/17/21

Photos: Hiro Sheikholeslami Painting Exhibition at Art Center Gallery

An exhibition of paintings by Hiro Sheikholeslami is currently underway at Art Center Gallery in Tehran. The exhibit named "Song of Zarvan" will run until November 23. -Honar Online 11/17/21

Guerilla Opera to perform works by Iranian women composers at the Museum of Science

For one night only, the Guerillas of Boston present "FRACTURED" at the Museum of Science, a collection of two exhibition performances composed by Iranian women that focus on fractured experiences. "Distorted Attitudes III/ Scattered," written and composed by Anahita Abassi, is performed by baritone Brian Church and percussionist Mike Williams. The world premiere of "SALT: A woman at the edge" is composed by Bahar Royai with libretto, or text, by Deniz Khateri. -Boston Globe 11/17/21

ITP and OTP Atlanta Locations of a New Persian-Style Tapas Restaurant Open in 2022

Two locations of Persian-Mediterranean restaurant Yalda open next year in Sandy Springs and City of Atlanta. Yalda opens first at Aria Village off of Abernathy Road in Sandy Springs next spring, followed by the second restaurant in the summer at the Osprey complex on the corner of Howell Mill Road and 10th Street. -Atlanta Eater 11/17/21

Group A: IR Iran tighten grip with victory over Syria

Iran stayed well on course for a third successive appearance in the FIFA World Cup following a 3-0 win over Syria in Group A of the AFC Asian Qualifiers - Road to Qatar on Tuesday. 11/16/21

The women of Iran's underground metal scene

Iran might seem an unlikely hotbed of heavy metal music, especially as western pop has been officially banned there since the Islamic revolution of 1979. Yet despite the risk of floggings and long jail terms, the genre continues to thrive in secret underground venues. -BBC 11/16/21

Iran: Birth rate drops by 8% in 6 months on year

The number of births registered in Iran during the first half of the current Iranian calendar year (started March 21) shows a decrease of eight percent compared to the same period last year. During the aforementioned period, 533,088 births were registered, compared to 580,623 births recorded last year, according to the Statistical Center of Iran. -Tehran Times 11/16/21

Iran, Turkey hope to sign 'cooperation road map' in Erdogan visit

Iran and Turkey will continue high-level diplomatic talks to draft a "long-term cooperation road map" to boost ties, Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian has announced. "We hope to finalise the road map in a future visit to Tehran by Mr [Recep Tayyip] Erdogan, the eminent Turkish president," Amirabdollahian said on Monday, standing next to Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu at a news conference in Tehran, without announcing a specific date for the visit. -Al Jazeera 11/16/21

PROFILE. Meet Alexander Moghadam, the prince of Iranian carpets in Monaco

The Moghadam Gallery has been displaying colourful Persian rugs since 1977. The gallery's founding father, Alexander Moghadam, soon to be 86 years old, but who could easily pass for ten years younger, is preparing to hand over the reins. Let's look back at the fabulous destiny of an outstanding trader, with an an inspiring passion for carpets. -Monaco Tribune 11/16/21

Being Persian

To be Persian before nationalism was to belong to a generous, plural identity woven through language, kin and manners -- At the end of the 19th century, under the looming shadow of European colonial encroachment, political and intellectual elites in Iran began to draw on nationalist forms of belonging as a way to unify the various ethnic and religious groups that lived within its territory. -Mana Ki, Aeon 11/15/21

Amman Club beat Shahrdari Sirjan to lift title

Jordan's Amman Club defeated Islamic Republic of Iran's Shahrdari Sirjan 2-1 to win the AFC Women's Club Championship 2021 at the Aqaba Development Corporate Stadium, Jordan on Saturday. -AFC 11/15/21

Sharp relief: Automatic benefits and the Iran nuclear deal

Parties to the Iran nuclear deal should focus on how to normalize their economic relationship in the long term -- Later this month, negotiators from Iran and the permanent members of the UN Security Council, plus Germany (P5+1) will resume talks intended to restore the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). -Esfandyar Batmanghelidj, Responsible Statecraft 11/15/21

The Fascinating History of Iran's Rich Artistic Output Is Now on Display in Montreal

The exhibition "Discover Iranian Artists' Taste" at Eran Gallery is meant to introduce Montreal audiences to the rich range of Iran's artistic output, to through the work of 11 artists. A wide span of Iranian Modern and contemporary art is on view-from the artist Nasser Ovissi's decorative depictions of women which are rooted in the traditions of Persian miniature painting, to Siamak Azmi's controversy-courting canvases, which recontextualize cartoons characters and pop culture mascots. -artnet 11/15/21

Photos: Largest flower carpet of West Asia in central Iran

The largest flower carpet ever made in West Asia has recently been unveiled in Mahallat County in Markazi Province which is known as Iran's capital of flowers. According to Markazi province's tourism chief, flowers from 200,000 varieties are used in the carpet, which covers 800 meters and was unveiled on Thursday on the sidelines of the local thanksgiving and pomegranate festival. -Behnam Yousefi, Mehr 11/15/21

Why drones are becoming Iran's weapons of choice

USING DRONES to assassinate people has long been the preserve of the most advanced armed forces, such as America's and Israel's. But the attempt on November 7th to kill Iraq's prime minister, Mustafa al-Kadhimi, was a dramatic demonstration of how such "precision strike" capabilities are spreading to less advanced countries and even shadowy militias. -Economist 11/15/21

'I Had No Idea What Was To Come': Iran's Former Empress Opens Up About Prerevolutionary Memoir

Former empress Farah Pahlavi first published her memoirs two years before the events of 1979 collapsed her world, deposing her husband, Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, and bringing an end to Iran's monarchy. Pahlavi was 38 when she penned her accounts of her charmed life as a queen, known to Iranians as Shahbanou, to whom the idea of an Islamic revolution and indefinite exile was unthinkable. -Golnaz Esfandiari & Hossein Ghavimi, RFE 11/12/21

Iranian Pop and Rock Show at Oud Festival was nostalgic

Maureen Nehedar is taking a trip down dear old Memory Lane and taking us along for the associated musical ride. Over the past couple of decades, forty-something Nehedar has cemented her place as one of the country's foremost exponents of Persian classical music and while she has been at it, a sprinkling of other extracurricular projects. Nehedar is part of this year's Jerusalem International Oud Festival -Jerusalem Post 11/12/21

Spotlight: How Persian Miniatures Influence Contemporary Iranian Painter Dariush Hosseini

Dariush Hosseini (b. 1970) is one of Iran's leading contemporary painters, making images that fluctuate between figuration and abstraction, sometimes within a single canvas. In October, SARADIPOUR Art Gallery, based in Mahshahr, Iran, presented a solo exhibition of work from Hosseini's "Wide Shut" series at KIAF 2021 in Seoul, marking the first display of the artist's work in Korea. -artnet 11/12/21

Iran's NIOC to invest $11 billion to raise gas production capacity by a quarter

Iran plans to invest $11 billion in its offshore fields to raise gas production capacity by 240 million cu m/d, oil ministry news service Shana reported Nov. 11, adding roughly 25% to its current output as the country tries to meet growing domestic demand. -S&P Global 11/12/21

UAE, Bahrain, Israel and US conduct first joint naval exercises following normalisation

The United Arab Emirates and Bahrain are holding their first joint naval exercise with Israel, a year after normalising ties with the country, according to the United States Navy. The five-day exercises alongside the US in the Red Sea, which began on Wednesday, include at-sea training aboard the transport dock ship USS Portland (LPD 27). The naval manoeuvres focused on visit, board, search and seizure tactics. -MEE 11/12/21

Climate change: Iran says lift sanctions and we'll ratify Paris agreement

Iran will ratify the landmark Paris agreement on climate change only if sanctions against it are lifted, a senior leader has told the BBC. Ali Salajegheh said sanctions were impeding Iran in areas like renewable energy. Iran is the world's eighth largest CO2 emitter, yet is one of the few countries not to ratify the Paris pact. -BBC 11/11/21

Thousands of Afghans deported from Iran to Taliban rule

Iran is sending tens of thousands of Afghan migrants back to Taliban-ruled Afghanistan every week despite the threat of famine, aid agencies and witnesses say, with many Afghans alleging they have been mistreated by Iranian authorities. ADVERTISING During decades of conflict, millions of Afghans have crossed into their western neighbour seeking to escape violence and a shattered economy. -AFP 11/11/21

Iran works the room ahead of nuclear talks

Less than three weeks before indirect negotiations are set to resume between the U.S. and Iran about a possible return to the 2015 nuclear deal, Iran is holding talks with other signatories to the agreement to try to set the stage for the new round of negotiations. Why it matters: The talks on Nov. 29 in Vienna will be the seventh round of negotiations since President Biden assumed office and the first round since Ebrahim Raisi was inaugurated as president of Iran. -Axios 11/11/21

HUB-Robeson Galleries 'Altar' exhibit provides familiarity for Penn State's Middle Eastern community

As an Iranian artist, Kiana Honarmand said her exhibit "Altar" is meant to acknowledge the Iranian and Middle Eastern communities at Penn State. The exhibit is on display at the HUB-Robeson Center at Penn State now through Jan. 30. It's located on the same floor as the HUB Galleries, across from the restroom area. -Daily Collegian 11/11/21

Iran's social divisions are bared at airport departures

Iran's widening social divisions are on display at Tehran's international airport, where pilgrims to Iraq's holy town of Karbala stand shoulder to shoulder with tourists heading for a beach holiday in Antalya, on Turkey's Mediterranean coast. The two sides - who have a history of conflict - have long accused each other of taking the country into a social, cultural and religious abyss. -Najmeh Bozorgmehr, Fiancial Times 11/11/21

Iranian, German archaeologists in search of human remains, relics inside ancient mine

Clusters of Iranian and German archaeologists and cultural heritage experts on Tuesday commenced work in search of new human remains and relics inside an ancient salt mine. Situated in the west-central Iranian province of Zanjan, Chehrabad Salt Mine previously yielded several salt mummies, arrays of personal objects, and tools once belonging to ancient miners who were trapped under tons of salts centuries ago. -Tehran Times 11/11/21

Iran's Herd Immunity Flop Is Very Bad News for These U.S. States

There are provinces in Iran where it seems there have been more COVID cases than there are people. In other words, it's possible that in some of the worst-hit regions, a whole lot of people caught COVID twice. That's not just bad news for Iran's 84 million people. It's also bad news for, say, the 3 million people in Mississippi and the 5 million in Alabama. -Daily Beast 11/11/21

'We should pay debt': Jeremy Hunt says 400m pounds owed to Iran is not ransom money

Practicalities, not principles, are holding back the payment of a 400m pounds British debt to Iran, seen as a precondition of the release of British-Iranian dual nationals held in Tehran, the former foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt has said. He said the payment would not be the equivalent of a ransom payment but the settlement of an outstanding debt. -Guardian 11/11/21

Immigrant Women Take Center Stage in New Book on American Food Culture

In his new book, Taste Makers, writer Mayukh Sen gives credit where credit is due. By profiling seven immigrant women chefs, he depicts their genuine struggles and contributions to what we know today as the American "melting pot." One of these women is Chef Najmieh Batmanglij, who has been cooking and writing Iranian recipes for 40 years, through exile in France during the Iranian Revolution and eventual emigration to America. We talked to Batmanglij and Sen about the book and the importance of food as a cultural connector. -Thrilist 11/10/21

Iran: Population Law Violates Women's Rights

Iran's new population law further violates women's rights to sexual and reproductive health and puts women's health and lives at risk, Human Rights Watch said today. Iranian authorities should immediately repeal the provisions that restrict human rights. On November 1, 2021, Iran's Guardian Council approved the "rejuvenation of the population and support of family" bill, which outlaws sterilization and free distribution of contraceptives in the public health care system unless a pregnancy threatens a woman's health. -HRW 11/10/21

Humanitarian needs in Iran rise as 300,000 Afghans arrive since Taliban takeover

The Norwegian Refugee Council calls for more funding and responsibility sharing, as 4,000 to 5,000 Afghans flee across the border to Iran daily. "Thousands of exhausted women, children and men are crossing from Afghanistan into Iran every day in search of safety. Iran cannot be expected to host so many Afghans with so little support from the international community. There must be an immediate scale up of aid both inside Afghanistan and in neighbouring countries like Iran, before the deadly winter cold." -NRC 11/10/21

China's Iran oil purchases rebound on lower prices, fresh quotas

China's imports of Iranian oil have held above half a million barrels per day on average for the last three months, traders and ship-tracking firms said, as buyers judge that getting crude at cheap prices outweighs any risks from busting U.S. sanctions. Chinese purchases of Iranian crude have continued this year despite the sanctions that, if enforced, would allow Washington to cut off those who violate them from the U.S. economy. -Reuters 11/10/21

The Tentacled Butterfly Ray Comes Back from the Dead

The tentacled butterfly ray hadn't been documented since 1986, but in 2019 Mohsen Rezaie-Atagholipour started finding them hidden as by-catch in Iranian shrimpers' catch. Presumed extinct, scientists were shocked to find the species holding out in the water off Iran. -Priyanka Runwal, Hakai Magazine 11/10/21

Iran's pomegranate festivals celebrate harvest

It's pomegranate harvest season in Iran and a time to celebrate! As a tradition, pomegranate festivals are held across Iran to celebrate the harvest season during the autumn every year. At the Water and Fire Park in the Iranian capital of Tehran, a pomegranate festival is being held from Nov. 6 to Nov. 22 this year. -Xinhua 11/10/21

Iran frees Vietnamese tanker seized after US navy confrontation

Iran has freed a Vietnamese oil tanker that it had seized for trying to "steal" its oil in late October following a confrontation with the United States Navy in the Sea of Oman. The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) in a statement on Wednesday confirmed that the Sothys was freed, but made no mention of its crew or cargo. -Al Jazeera 11/10/21

India hosts talks on Afghanistan boycotted by rival Pakistan

India on Wednesday hosted senior security officials from Russia, Iran and five Central Asian countries to discuss the situation in neighboring Afghanistan following the fall of the U.S.-backed government and the Taliban takeover of the country. India's National Security Adviser Ajit Doval invited security chiefs from Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. -AP 11/10/21

"Mother of Iran's environment" Mahlaqa Mallah dies at 104

Mahlaqa Mallah, known as the "mother of Iran's environment" for dedicating her life to protecting the environment, passed away at the age of 104 on Monday. After studying philosophy, social sciences, and sociology at the University of Tehran, Mallah was awarded an MA in Social Sciences in 1958. In 1966, she moved to Paris to study for a Ph.D. at the University of the Sorbonne, which she graduated from in 1968. During her time in Paris, she also studied librarianship at the National Library of France. 11/9/21

A Conversation with 'The Doll' Filmmaker Elahe Esmaili

There's the initial temptation, particularly upon first glance from a Western viewer's perspective, to view Iranian filmmaker Elahe Esmaili's latest film The Doll as an indictment of the seemingly patriarchal implications of certain Islamic cultural traditions. But The Doll doesn't serve a neatly wrapped up delineation of child marriage and women's issues against a backdrop of systemic oppression and patriarchy. Instead, Esmaili's film offers a nuanced and complex portrayal of a family caught between tradition, personal beliefs, and circumstance-and, frankly, it's all the better for it. -Nerd Daily 11/8/21

Miss Earth 2021 welcomes its first candidate from Iran

Despite its virtual set-up for the second straight year, the Miss Earth pageant has managed to draw 88 global beauties in its roster this year. This includes the first candidate from Iran in its 21-year pageant history. Hami Zaker, 27, made her first impact at the pageant's eco-video preliminary competition where she introduced herself as a veterinarian and advocate of water and food security amid drought in her country. -ABS-CBN News 11/5/21

The treasures of Elam, a civilisation gone but not forgotten

A digital dossier of artefacts collected by Macquarie University's authority on the art and archaeology of the Near East is putting the ancient civilisation of Elam back on the map. From the ancient civilisation of Elam came a burst of social engagement that would, with many twists and turns, see some of the world's first cities evolve into complex societies, kingdoms and empires. -Javier Alvarez-Mon, Macquarie University 11/5/21

Iranian woman Soraya Motaharnia nominated for Global Teacher Prize 2021

Soraya Motaharnia, an Iranian teacher, has been placed among the top 10 nominees for the Global Teacher Prize 2021. Motaharnia, an outstanding teacher of mathematics, Persian language, art, science, and theology, has been praised in Iran for helping the most vulnerable students in rural parts of the country. She helps students in need of medical treatment and multiple special surgeries and provides financial assistance to hundreds of poor students. 11/4/21

'No Time to Waste': Biden Urged to Repair US-Iran Relations With Humanitarian Aid

"We've seen that maximum pressure sanctions don't work and now as we're still reeling from a global pandemic their impacts on everyday people and families in Iran is inexcusable." Dozens of groups called on U.S. President Joe Biden on Tuesday to restore diplomatic relations with the Iranian government by assisting with humanitarian efforts to combat the Covid-19 pandemic and rejoining the Iran nuclear deal. -Common Dreams 11/3/21

Groups call on Biden to ease sanctions on Iran to jumpstart nuke talks

More than three dozen grassroots advocacy and policy organizations across the country are calling on the Biden administration to alleviate sanctions on Iran for the purchase of vaccines and other humanitarian supplies as a gesture of goodwill, and to potentially jumpstart stalled negotiations for both parties to return to compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. -Ben Armbruster, Responsible Statecraft 11/3/21

Persian Leopard Project Wins The Platinum Impact Award From The International Association of Facilitators

The Persian leopard project has been chosen as the winner of the International Facilitation Impact Award (FIA), Arezoo Sane'ei, head of the Persian Leopard Research center, has said. The Persian leopard project from Iran was introduced as the winner of the first level award (Platinum) in terms of the effectiveness of executive methods in terms of quantity and quality and innovation in planning and designing actions with the appropriate benefit of the group process facilitation approach, according to Sane'ei. 11/2/21

The impact of sanctions on medical education in Iran

Iran has been targeted by waves of unilateral and multilateral economic sanctions for four decades. While in recent decades these have exempted humanitarian transactions, a well-established body of research shows that the sanctions have gone well beyond the intended economic impact on targeted industries to affect various aspects of livelihood. -Orkideh Behrouzan & Tara Sepehri Far, Johns Hopkins University 10/27/21

Odile Burluraux on Iranian Women Artists

This year, with ASIA NOW (21-24 October 2021) featuring galleries from Iran for the first time, Burluraux has curated a special programme of video works by ten women artists from Iran (Atousa Bandeh Ghiasabad, Samira Eskandarfar, Parisa Ghaderi, Elika Hedayat, Anahita Hekmat, Shiva Khosravi, Tahmineh Monzavi, Melika Shafahi, Rojin Shafiei, and Sanaz Sohrabi). Entitled Burning Wings, it examines the artists' approaches to subjects of identity, migration, and female subjectivities, as well as history and power structures through the medium of film. -Ocula 10/22/21

Revealed: Biden rejected way forward in Iran deal talks

Iran's delay in rejoining talks in Vienna to revive the landmark 2015 nuclear agreement has fueled speculation that the new Ebrahim Raisi government has lost interest in the accord. Its deepened mistrust, optimism about its China option, and confidence that it can weather American sanctions have shaped this conclusion, leaving Washington with no choice but to publicly threaten its own shift to more coercion under an undefined Plan B, the narrative goes... -Trita Parsi, Responsible Statecraft 10/21/21

Over-compliance with US sanctions hurting Iran's 'butterfly kids'

Over-compliance with United States-imposed sanctions against Iran is harming the right to health, and people with a rare skin disease are among those affected, many of them children, experts appointed by the UN Human Rights Council said on Tuesday. These patients suffer from epidermolysis bullosa (EB), a severe and life-threatening skin condition, which causes extremely painful wounds. Many are children, who are often referred to as "butterfly kids" because of their fragile skin. -United Nations 10/20/21



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